"When I started to feel Ferrari's interest in me, I went to see Zak (Brown, the CEO of McLaren Racing), explains the future teammate of Charles Leclerc, who was coming to the end of the contract with McLaren but was originally supposed to extend with the English team. And he said, "OK, let's let you talk to Ferrari, stay in touch and see how it all goes." The key to these negotiations was the clarity and open-mindedness of all parties involved. It makes me very proud of the way it was done, and very grateful to Zak and the whole team. "
And when Sainz told the news to his now future ex-bosses, they expressed no resentment: "They were happy for me, says the Spaniard. They even congratulated me. They said to me, "You deserve it, and I'm sure you will do great things there." These are words of confidence that are always fun to hear. I want to say goodbye to McLaren in the best possible way. I will give everything for this team this year, as I did last year. "